Saturday, 28 May 2016

Heartfelt Thanks

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I embossed a piece of Milk Card with the Creative Expressions Fine Finials Embossing Folder.

I dusted another piece of Milk Card with my Anti Static Bag. I inked up the Spellbinders Diamond Opulence Texture Plate with Clear Perfect Medium using a Brayer. I popped it face up on my Spellbinders Platinum Base Plate, added my card dusted side down and ran through the machine with the emboss sandwich. I added CS Copper Kettle Brilliant Sparkle Embossing Powder and heat set. I trimmed the piece down into 3 panels and matted them onto Black Card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Petite Lavish Sentiments Stamp Set onto Milk Card using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using Spellbinders Ritz Labels. I cut the middle die in the Ritz Decorative Elements Die Set out of Black Card.

I tied a bow using 2 lengths of Black Satin Ribbon and added a Craft Consortium Large Circle Pearl Diamante.

I assembled the card as shown adding some 8mm Black Pearls to the corners and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (28th May) - Phill Martin Chic Floral Occasions Border Sentiments Stamp Set only £9.99!




Friday, 27 May 2016

Freebie Friday

Hi Bloggers.

It's Freebie Friday and here's this week's card that needs a new home -

You can read how this card was made here.

Just leave a lovely comment below to go into the draw. I will announce the winner in Monday's post.

I spent all day yesterday trying clear my lounge of website stock that has been accumulating over the last week or show. It was driving me nuts so it had to be done. I have added some Air Dry Clay and some Silicone Moulds as seen on Let Leonie Loose last week. You can find them here. I've had a go with it myself - so easy to use and so light! I've also added some Masks from Duch Doobadoo as a change from the That Special Touch Masks - brilliant with the Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders and lots more. You can find them here. There's also some gorgeous new dies from Justrite which you can find here.

Lisa Horton is continuing with her One Day Special on Hochanda today with shows at 9am, 12noon, 4pm and 7pm. I'm offering 10% discount on items I have on my website from the shows. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tonight.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (27th May) - Creative Expressions Pack of Clear Sparklers only 99p!


Thursday, 26 May 2016

Owl'sThat!

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background. I popped the Owl's That Mask onto a piece of Watercolour Card. I sprinkled some Bronze Blush CS Pixie Powder over it (yes, I've only used 1 colour of powder). I then spritzed with water. Leaving the mask in place, I placed a piece of Coconut White Card ove the top and rubbed over with my hand to get a negative from the ink sitting on the mask. I put both pieces aside to dry. I spritzed another piece of Watercolour Card with water and then sprinkled some Bronze Blush Pixie Powder over. I put aside to dry.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Applique Flowers Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using Justrite Vintage Sentiment Tag Dies and cut the other die in the set out of Black Card.

Once all my Pixie Powdered pieces were dry, I started to construct my card.

I made a flower using my negative piece and Sue Wilson's Orange Blossom Complete Petals, I cut Sue's Orange Blossom Open Petals out of Black Card and stamens from the same set out of Coconut White Card. I added a Black 8mm Pearl to the centre.

I cut some leaves out of my spritzed piece using Sue's Orange Blossom Leaves.


 
I assembled the card as shown adding some Small Black Circle Dazzlers and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

Lisa Horton is launching a One Day Special on Hochanda this evening at 8pm. I'm offering 10% discount on items I have on my website from the shows. You can find them here. Offer applies til midnight tomorrow night.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (26th May) - Sue Wilson Thanks Die Set only £7.99!


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Sunny Days

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Spellbinders Platinum Machine with the Creative Expressions Jacobean Floral Embossing Folder.

I rubbed some Plum Twist and Scarlet Mist CS Pixie Powders into a piece of Watercolour Card. I inked up the Justrite Fleur Twist Background with Clear Perfect Medium and stamped into the dusted powder. Some of the powder transfers to the stamp and on the dusted card you see the image created by the Perfect Medium ink. I misted the stamp with some water and then stamped onto a piece of Watercolour Card. I trimmed it down a little and matted onto Black Card. I misted the other piece of card which gives a very subtle background and put aside for another project.

I added my background panel to my embossed background and wrapped a piece of Black Satin Ribbon around.

I stamped the image from the Justrite Sunflowers Vintage Labels Five Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Black Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Justrite Vintage Labels Five Dies. I coloured in using Plum Twist, Scarlet Mist and Mango Blaze Pixie Powders by tapping a little of the powders into a Mixing Palette and using a Water Brush to paint with. I cut the largest die in the Vintage Labels Five Die Set out of Black Card.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Small Black Circle Dazzlers and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (25th May) - Phill Martin Bracket Occasions Sentiments Stamp Set only £8.99!


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Pixie Powders and Texture Paste

Hi Bloggers.

I'm up at Creative Expressions HQ today running workshops. Should be fun. I'm going to be running a Pixie Powders Masterclass up at HQ on Wednesday 13th July. This will be heavily techniques based featuring many of the techniques that I wasn't able to demo on last week's One Day Special. It's your chance to have a go. Please contact Tracey on 01536 481778 during office hours or email her at tracey@creative-expressions.uk.com for more information or to book a place.

I have all 20 colours of the Pixie Powders back in stock on my website. You can find them here.

Here's today's card -
For the background, I taped the Lotus Head Mask to a piece of Coconut White Card using Low Tack Tape. I spread some CS Clear Texture Paste over. Leaving the mask in place, I sprinkled CS Pixie Powders in Midnight Blue and Peacock Green. I then removed the mask and put aside to dry.

I misted 2 pieces of Watercolour Card with water. On one I sprinkled Midnight Blue Pixie Powder and on the other I sprinkled Peacock Green and put aside to dry.

I made a frame out of Coconut White Card using Sue Wilson's Double Pierced Squares and Double Pierced Squares Set B. Once my background was dry, I added my frame using 3d Foam.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Applique Flowers Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Black Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using a die from the Justrite Vintage Sentiment Tag Dies.

Once my sprinkled Pixie Powder Backgrounds were dry, on the Peacock Green one, I dusted with my Anti-Static Bag then stamped the sentiment frame from the same stamp set using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Black Detail Powder. I cut it out using the other die in the Justrite Vintage Sentiment Tag Dies.

I cut a couple of leaves out of my Peacock Green piece using Sue Wilson's Orange Blossom Leaves Die Set.

I stamped the flower from the same stamp set twice onto my Midnight Blue piece, again using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Black Detail Powder. I cut them out using scissors, one completely and one with just the inner section, and added a Craft Consortium Vintage Pearl Charm.

I assembled the card as shown adding Black and a Coconut White mats.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (24th May) - Couture Creations - Simone's Style Die Set only £11.99!


Monday, 23 May 2016

It's Girl!

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I stamped the Justrite Reversed Crackle Background onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Clear Detail Embossing Powder. I rubbed Worn Lipstick Distress Ink over direct from the pad. I removed the excess with a piece of Kitchen Roll.

I cut the script sentiment from the Justrite It's a Girl Dies out of Coconut White Card and inked through the die with CS Pretty in Pink Colour Cloud using a Smoothie. I cut the matting die out of Baby Pink Card.

I cut a banner die from the Justrite Stitched A2 Banners & Rectangles Die Set out of Coconut White Card. At the emboss stage, I added the Triangular Mask. I removed the mask and inked through the die with Pretty in Pink Colour Cloud.

I cut the little hearts from the It's a Girl Die Set out of Baby Pink Card and added them as shown.

I cut the little pennants from the It's a Girl Die Set out of Baby Pink Card and wrote on the name using a Pigma Micron Pen. I glued them to a piece of Pastel Pink Baker's Twine using CS Dries Clear Glue.

I have a number of back in stocks and new products on my website (with more to come!). The Stamping Mat is back in stock here. I have some new Spellbinders dies designed by Donna Salazar and Tammy Tutterhow including some die/stamp sets (click on the highlighted links). Also back in stock is Sue Wilson's Happy Couple Die. A brand new product just in are Creative Expressions Metallic Micro Beads and Opaque White Micro Beads - you can find them here. I have some new MDF, some new stamps from Woodware and Stampendous. I also have some Montage Stamps from Phill Martin which will work brilliantly with Leonie Pujol's Masks. On sale are 3 popular Large Embossing Folders - Star Swirls, Twinkle Twinkle and Contemporary Poinsettia, just £4.99 each!

I have a couple of cards made with Spellbinders dies in the new edition of Making Cards - that's a sneak peek below on the front cover headed 'Working with Delicate Die-Cuts'.

 The magazine have sent me a photo of the free papers and projects you could make with them to share with you -



Here's the promo blurb -


Making Cards June OUT NOW!
Making Cards June is in stores now! Packed full of inspiring projects, new techniques, new contributors, 16 free craft papers, giveaways, interviews, shopping pages and much more!
Visit www.makingcardsmagazine.com or order or call 01778 395171. Also available in selected supermarkets, WH Smith, Hobbycraft and independent craft shops!

Enjoy!

The winner of the card from Freebie Friday on May 20th is .........................

Rosie

Please email me at juliawattscrafts@gmail.com with your address and I'll pop it in the post.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (23rd May) - Sue Wilson Teardrop Adornment only £5.99!


Sunday, 22 May 2016

Hello Friend

Hi Bloggers.

Sorry, I didn't manage to get much of the post out yesterday. I spend the whole day picking and packing and they're all now ready to hit the post office on Monday.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I dusted a piece of Black Card with an Anti Static Bag. I inked up the Spellbinders Deco Chevron Texture Plate with Clear Perfect Medium and ran it through the Spellbinders Platinum Machine with my dusted card using the emboss sandwich. I dusted the inked design on my card with Red Metal Mica Powder from the Cosmic Shimmer Precious Sparkle Mica Pigment Set. I removed the excess using a dry wet wipe.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Petite Lavish Sentiments Stamp Set onto Rich Red Card using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using the smallest die in the Spellbinders Fairmont Decorative Elements Die Set. I cut the corresponding sized die from the Fairmont Labels Die Set out of Black Card. I then cut the middle die in the Fairmont Decorative Elements Die Set out of Rich Red Card.

I matted my background onto a piece of Rich Red Card and wrapped a piece of Scarlet Satin Ribbon around it. I tied a bow using 2 lengths of the ribbonand added a Craft Consortium Large Circle Diamante.

I assembled the card as shown piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (22nd May) - John Lockwood Tulip Elements Stamp Set only £7.99!


Saturday, 21 May 2016

Happy Birthday

Hi Bloggers.

Wow! What a busy One Day Special - I didn't think it would last but did not expect it to go that quickly. If you missed out, as I write this, I do have just a few left in stock on my website here. I managed to order some more stock yesterday afternoon which I will hopefully pick up when I'm at CE towers on Tuesday for some workshops.

I have added photos of the samples from the One Day Special to my Julia Watts Crafts Facebook Page and to the Gallery page of this blog (accessible via the top menu). I will, of course, share as many of the cards asI can in detail over the next few weeks.

Thank you for your orders over the last couple of days - realistically, I'm not going to get them all sent out today as the Post Office is only open till lunchtime being Saturday. Those that don't make it out today will go out on Monday.

Here's today's card that I didn't manage to demo unfortunately -

The background is Coconut White Card embossed with the Creative Expressions Eternal Ivy Embossing Folder.

My dear friend, Sue Wilson taught me this technique (one of many). I took a piece of Black Gloss Card bigger than I needed. I added CS Dries Clear Glue to cover a rectangle in the centre of the card - completely covering it. I then sprinkled CS Pixie Powders in Midnight Blue, Mango Blaze and Scarlet Mist. Once covered, I heated it from underneath. It bubbles, rises and falls and after a while settles into this gorgeous texture. I matted it onto a piece of Black Card and added it to my background.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Applique Flowers Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Black Detail Embossing Powder. I cutit out using Justrite Vintage Sentiment Tag Dies.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Small Black Circle Dazzlers and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (21st May) - Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For : Peony Bouquet only £2.99!


Friday, 20 May 2016

Pixie Powders One Day Special and Freebie Friday

Hi Bloggers.

The Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder One Day Special continues on Hochanda today with shows at 9am, 12noon, 4pm and 7pm. Not sure how long the Pixie Powders will last!

Don't miss out on any of the Justrite stamps and dies at silly prices. For more inspiration for the Applique Flowers Stamp Set, click here. For more inspirations on the Sunflowers stamp set click here. For more inspiration on the Fleur Twist Background, click here.

Today I have something a bit different which will hopefully show you lots of ways that you can use these powders -
I coated an MDF Scalloped Tag with White Gesso.  I popped some Cosmic Shimmer Warm White Chalk Paint onto my Craft Sheet and added a little Teal Wash Pixie Powder. I mixed it in thoroughly and then painted my tag. I actually gave it a couple of coats to give a good depth of colour. You lose the mica shimmer when added to Chalk Paint but you still get a gorgeous colour - more powder will give a darker colour, less will give a lighter colour.

I inked up one side of the Justrite Fleur Twist Background Stamp with Jet Black Archival and stamped it down the left hand side of the tag (great having such a large stamp).

Next, I popped some CS Multi-Tex Powder onto my Craft Sheet and added some Peacock Green and Golden Mint Pixie Powders. I added a little water and mixed to a consistency that I was happy with. I spread this through the Triangular Mask in the areas shown. One of the great things about Multi-Tex is that you can heat set it without changing the way it looks (Texture Paste bubbles) so that's what I did (too impatient to wait for it to dry).

I misted 2 pieces of Water Colour Card with water. To one I added, Peacock Green Pixie Powder and to the other I added Teal Wash Pixie Powder. Once completely dry, I dusted with my Anti Static Bag and stamped 2 tulips from the Justrite Applique Flowers Stamp Set onto the Teal piece using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Black Detail Embossing Powder. I repeated the process on the Peacock Green piece with stem stamp (I only stamped it once). I cut all the pieces out using scissors, snipping the stem into 2 pieces. I glued the stem pieces to the tag and added the tulips using 3D Foam.

I used Lisa Horton's technique to add little white dots using White Gesso and the end of a paint brush.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Applique Flowers Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Black Detail Powder. I cut it out using the smallest die in the Justrite Vintage Sentiment Tag Dies. I spritzed a little water onto my Craft Sheet, added a little Teal Wash Pixie Powder and mixed in using a Paint Brush. I picked some up onto a small piece of Cut n Dry Foam and 'inked' around the edges of my sentiment panel.

I misted some more water to my Craft Sheet and added a little Golden Mint, Teal Wash and Peacock Green Pixie Powders. I dragged some Blue White American Seam Binding through it. I dried it using my heat tool and added it to my tag.

Hope you have picked up a few techniques from this. I have made another tag for the shows (it's a bit OTT). I'll share that at a later date.

There's 10% discount on items I have in stock from the ODS shows on my website. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tonight. Please note : my stock of Pixie Powders is in a different bottle to that shown on Hochanda. The bottle has been changed so that manufacturing could be increased to cope with demand. The nozzle and the amount of powder is the same in both bottle types.

Now onto the Freebie Friday Card. I have a demo card from my last Spellbinders One Day Special up for grabs today -

You can read how this card was made here.

Leave a lovely comment below to go into the draw to win it. I'll announce the winner on Monday.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (20th May) - Sue Wilson Mini Gemini Collection : Aquila only £4.99!